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How will I pay for college?

Hawkeye33Hawkeye33 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
Hello people I'm hoping you can help me with my dilemma. I started out freshman year as a premed and biology major and quickly learned that wasn't for me. Now lets fast forward to my junior year. I am double majoring in international studies (global health) and communication studies and I'm minoring in French and Anthropology. I love all of my classes and I am excelling far more than I was in my premed classes. I studied abroad in France over the summer and I'm looking for an internship for this school year or next summer. I still really worried about graduating and not finding a job! I love my degrees and minors, but I wonder if they are useless. I am afraid of not finding a job with a good salary to pay back my loans. Should I have stayed a premed major? Or should I try to do another major before it's too late?

Replies to: How will I pay for college?

  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 84,194 Forum Champion
    started out freshman year as a premed and biology major and quickly learned that wasn't for me.

    Should I have stayed a premed major?


    If you quickly learned that being premed wasn't for you, why would you ask that?

    What premed courses did you take and what were your grades?

  • 4kidsdad4kidsdad Registered User Posts: 4,602 Senior Member
    I am afraid of not finding a job with a good salary to pay back my loans.
    Your school should have a careers office to help you find a job.
  • Erin's DadErin's Dad Super Moderator Posts: 35,904 Super Moderator
    Hopping majors is NOT the way to successfully complete college and get a job. If you like your fields of study you can excel and find something. Certainly look into the internships because they frequently lead to full time positions.
  • noname87noname87 Registered User Posts: 1,184 Senior Member
    The issue with two majors and two minor is that how in depth are you studying each? Are you just meeting the basic requirements or are you going beyond that? You might consider taking more courses in you major(s) and dropping a minor(s) to build up your resume. Your advisor and career placement center might be able to help you define your goals.
  • emeraldkity4emeraldkity4 Registered User Posts: 35,861 Senior Member
    I do not understand how indecision over major, translates into " how will I pay for college?
    Did you take privatw loans?
    Do not attend past 4 years if you are concerned about finding work.
    Drop your double major, if you are finding it will hinder your graduation in two years.
  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse Registered User Posts: 26,432 Senior Member
    Yes, certain majors, particularly pre professional ones that lead to jobs currently in demand at high pay will mean an easier time for grads with such major to get jobs that pay more. But it doesn't help someone who decided that engineering, nursing, accounting, computer science, math was not for them and did not purse those subjects. Premed is not really a major but a cluster of courses that are required for a college student to take who want to go to medical school and other programs in the health sciences. You can be an art major and still be premed. Whether simply taking premed courses is going to give you a better chance at higher paying jobs, I don't know. I don't think so. It just prepares you for certain pre professional programs like medical school, dental school, some health services grad programs.

    Those successful and so directed with premed courses (again, regardless of major) generally apply to medical school. They often go directly to med school or other professional program and if they do not have the means to pay for those usually expensive programs, they take out more loans. You can hold off starting loan repayments for 6 months after graduation usually, so these students with UG loans delay their repayment, but bear in mind, as they are doing so, the interest is accruing on them. You don't EARN money in these programs for which premed prepares you, you have to PAY more money and BORROW it if you don't have it. Yes, as a doctor or other health professional, it is likely you'll have a job that pays well, but you could also have a lot of loans to repay before you start earning any money with the interest racking up until the loans are paid off.

    You should be talking to the profs in your department, of your classes and find out what is out there in terms of employment directly related to your major and also start thinking about what you are going to do. Can you find a job with a living wage? What will your loan payments be when you get out? Where can you afford to live? For many kids, going back to parents is what they can afford where there is a roof over the heads, food and amentities until they find a job, get some money saved, and are able to go on their own. Yes, it's easier when one has a certificate, skill or degree that channels to jobs that are in demand and pay well. Otherwise one has to work at lower pay levels, part time work and look for opportunities as they arise. If nothing comes up, one might take note of what is in demand in terms of jobs in the area, and look for ways for certification in those fields. Often jobs in a nursing home as an aid can lead to training as some special aid and then seguing into management and corporate in those fields, for example.
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